With the Fourth of July right around the corner, instead of getting excited for my plans for the night, I worry about how my pets are going to react to the fireworks nearby. Below is a list of tips for both horse and dog owners to prepare for the Fourth:
- Know where the fireworks will be in your area and around what time.
- If you are planning a cookout, make sure your trash cans are secure to avoid your pets getting into any leftover bones or cobs of corn or other foods that could be harmful.
- Do not leave your pet unattended outside:
- Let your pets out a few hours after dinner and before it is dark outside and then stall-bound or house-bound your pets until the fireworks are over.
- Create a comfort zone for your pet:
- Check your horse’s stall and dog’s kennel for any hazards that could injure your pet while they are enclosed.
- Leave a television on in your house or a radio on in your barn to distract your pets from the fireworks.
- Have chews or toys available for nervousness – extra hay for horses in the stall.
- Make sure your animal has proper forms of identification on them at all times:
- Check to make sure tags and collars are secure and with the proper contact information.
- If your dog is microchipped, confirm that your address and phone number are current.
- If your horse wears a halter in the field (and if they have to stay in the field), then make sure you have your current name and telephone number on it just in case.
- Try Springtime Supplements Stress Free Calmplex Chewables for Dogs or Daily Calm for Horses:
- Stress Free Calmplex Chewables and Daily Calm are natural supplements to help your pets manage their stress naturally and without sedation.
- Great for fireworks, thunder, vet visits, boarding, stallwalkers, high strung types.
- Springtime uses top grade ginseng as an all-natural adaptogen that does not sedate.
Be sure to check out tip #2 next week: Is it too hot to walk my dog?
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